Tag Archives: Slum Village

New Joint – T3 / Baatin

T3 ft. Baatin – “Mr. Fantastic” (@T3sv / 2020)

Title track from the Slum Village member’s new Ruckazoid & Teeko-produced solo EP.

New Joint – Young RJ

Young RJ – “Huh?!” (@YoungRJ313 / 2017)

Taken from the Slum Village member’s forthcoming album “Blaq Royalt”.

100 Best Albums & EPs Of 2016 (Part Three) – Meyhem Lauren / J-Zone / Ghost etc.

Check Part One and Part Two.

Meyhem Lauren – “Piatto D’Oro” (Fools Gold Records) – Backed by production from beat kings such as Large Professor, DJ Muggs and The Alchemist, Queens, NY resident Meyhem Lauren continued to play his part in 2016 to ensure traditional rough, rugged and raw Rotten Apple rap stayed alive, with “Piatoo D’Oro” providing the perfect theme music for Timberland-and-Polo fiends across the globe.


Si Phili – “The 11th Hour” (Phoenix Recordings) – Having already made an indelible mark on the UK Hip-Hop scene as a member of Phi Life Cypher, Luton lyricist Si Phili approached his debut solo album with both the experience of a seasoned mic vet and the hunger of a new artist with a point to prove. Featuring talented producers such as Pete Cannon, Leaf Dog and Richy Spitz, “The 11th Hour” found Phili unleashing a relentless barrage of intense wordplay, covering a variety of topics in the process.


The Game – “1992” (Blood Money Entertainment) – Strip away the rap beefs, personal dramas and industry politics that have surrounded The Game’s career over the years and one thing remains undeniable – Jayceon Terrell Taylor can definitely rhyme. This concept-based project found the former Aftermath emcee revisiting early-90s Los Angeles via personal, descriptive verses with respectful nods to West Coast icons such as Ice-T, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Compton is still in the house!


J-Zone – “Fish-N-Grits” (J-Zone.BandCamp.Com) – Never afraid to tell-it-how-it-is, NYC’s multi-talented J-Zone once again offered listeners the opportunity to see the world through his own unique perspective on his latest full-length release, combining sharp observational humour with funky beats and Rotten Apple attitude. Dealing with topics such as rap’s generational debate, hipsters and gentrification, “Fish-N-Grits” was the perfect sonic antidote for the non-stop b.s. pushed daily from both the underground and mainstream Hip-Hop scenes. As Zone himself says, there’s only two types of music, good and bad.


Royce 5’9 – “Layers” (Bad Half Entertainment) – Lead by the autobiographical brilliance of the S1-produced “Tabernacle”, Detroit veteran Royce’s sixth solo album was arguably his best body of work to date. Filled with unflinching honesty, sly wit and well-honed rhyme skills, “Layers” was a fitting title for a project which gave the listener further insight into the life of the man behind the mic.


Akil The MC – “Sound Check” (AkilTheMC.BandCamp.Com) – Jurassic 5 member Akil filled this solo album with hard-hitting motivational music delivered in his traditional true-school style, effectively balancing his back-in-the-day roots with a present-day passion for the microphone.


Mikey D’Struction – “Day Of D’Struction” (Elements Of Hip-Hop) – Largely produced by Russia’s Ligalize, this album from Queens legend Mikey D found the veteran emcee avoiding the temptation of trying to fit in with current rap trends in order to appeal to a wider audience, choosing instead to stick to his sonic guns, delivering sharp, battle-ready rhymes over hardcore, speaker-rattling beats.


Black Josh – “Ape Tape” (BlahRecords,BandCamp.Com) – After first listening to Josh’s “Ape Tape” EP, one word came to mind – vibes! Boasting an organic, impromptu feel, this thoroughly entertaining release featured the UK artist lacing varied production with his sharp Manchester wit, politically-incorrect sense of humour and honest inner-city observations.


Torae – “Entitled” (Internal Affairs Entertainment) – Backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign, this album from Brooklyn emcee Torae satisfied loyal fans by delivering the consistently high-standard of lyricism we’ve come to expect from the NY representative with quality production from heavy-hitters such as Pete Rock, DJ Premier and Nottz.


Elzhi – “Lead Poison” (Glow 365) – After a five year hiatus and release date delays, Detroit’s Elzhi finally returned with an album that played like a sonic therapy session for the former Slum Village member, who had been battling with depression during the recording of the project. Clever, introspective and creative, “Lead Poison” showcased the results of a naturally gifted artist dealing with life’s problems through his pad and pen.


Ruste Juxx & Kyo Itachi – “Meteorite” (Shinigamie Records) – Bolstered by the impeccable production of France’s Kyo Itachi, former Sean Price protégé Ruste Juxx went intergalactic like a Timberland-wearing Silver Surfer on this rugged gem of an album, transmitting direct from the planet of Brooklyn accompanied by Illa Noyz, Bankai Fam’s Skanks and Rock of Heltah Skeltah.


Ghost – “Shards Of Memories” (Ghost.BandCamp.Com) – Ambitiously bridging the gap between the UK-raised, Australia-based producer’s underground Hip-Hop roots and his desire to craft something that reached beyond the traditional sound of dusty drums and head-nodding loops, “Shards Of Memories” was an impressive effort which was both polished and well-executed whilst also managing to retain a spontaneous, unpredictable edge.


Trace Motivate – “Bored, Lonely And Possibly Intoxicated” (TraceMotivate.BandCamp.Com) – Stepping beyond the aggressive,  competition-crushing rhymes heard on releases from his group Grindhouse Project, Canada’a Trace Motivate offered personal reflection and honest life observations on this six-track concept-based release.


Tribe Of Judah – “Organically Grown” (Gravity Academy Records) – Maryland’s Tribe Of Judah mixed political commentary and social observation with street-savvy Hip-Hop bravado on their impressive Tokyo Cigar-produced debut album.


Rapsody – “Crown” (Jamla / Roc Nation) – Inspiring and passionate, North Carolina’s first lady of the mic Rapsody was on a mission to motivate her listeners with “Crown”, encouraging the younger generation in particular to reach for their goals via forthright rhymes delivered over soulful production from 9th Wonder, Nottz and Khrysis.


PhybaOptikz – “Shades Of Alejandro” (PhybaOptikz.BandCamp.Com) – London’s PhybaOptikz delivered a smooth, atmospheric concept album under the guise of his alter-ego Alejandro, showcasing the UK producer-on-the-mic getting busy over an ill selection of hypnotic loops with assistance from Crate Divizion comrades Giallo Point and Vic Grimes.


Arkatek & KelpiNINE – “Master Builder” (ArkatekMusic.BandCamp.Com) – Atlanta-based wordsmith Arkatek encouraged listeners to bring their third-eye vision into focus via well-crafted verses over drum-heavy production from KelpiNINE on this US / Ukraine collabo project.


K Zorro & Bad Company – “Deferred Gratification” (NewGuardzOnline.BandCamp.Com) – Talented London emcee K Zorro dropped intelligent, captivating verses over atmospheric production from musical ally Bad Company on this collaborative project which was both streetwise and socially-aware.


Sebastian Hochstein – “Name Dropping” (Illect.BandCamp.Com) – German producer Sebastian Hochstein called on the likes of Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na, Sadat X and Scribbling Idiots to provide lyrical support on this impressive EP, a release which was rooted in a dusty, sample-based sound.


Tha God Fahim & Giallo Point – “Eyes Of War” (Crate Divizion) – Atlanta’s Fahim spat righteous rawness over the brilliant, gripping production of UK music man Giallo Point on this quality Crate Divizion release.


Part Four coming soon.

10 Year Tribute Mix Stream – Donnie Propa / J Dilla

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A decade after J Dilla’s untimely passing, Heavy Links member Donnie Propa pays homage to the legendary Detroit producer with this speaker-shaking mix, featuring tracks from Mad Skillz, Common, A Tribe Called Quest and more.

New Joint – MoSS / Slum Village

MoSS ft. Slum Village – “Boombastic” (@MoSSAppealMusic / 2015)

Rugged beats and rhymes from the Canadian producer’s forthcoming full-length release.

February: A Rest In Beats Tribute… Album Stream – Funky DL

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Multi-talented UK Hip-Hop artist Funky DL pays homage to both Detroit’s J Dilla and Japan’s Nujabes with this latest instrumental project which finds the talented producer tackling tracks such as “Fall In Love” and “Sky Is Falling” with a fresh, jazzy approach.

Celebration Of Jay Album Stream – DJ Mitsu The Beats

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DJ Mitsu pays homage to the late, great J Dilla with a project that, in the Japanese producer’s own words, is not intended “to imitate, but to present myself while reflecting on how (Dilla’s) influence has helped me to find my own style.”

New Joint – Funky DL

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Funky DL – “Untitled” / “Fantastic” (FunkyDL.Com / 2014)

The multi-talented UK producer-on-the-mic drops the first leak from his forthcoming Dilla / Nujabes tribute project “February” in the form of this brilliant Slum Village reinterpretation.

Jay Dee Unreleased EP Stream – Jay Dee / Dilla

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The mighty House Shoes has dropped the dope Jay Dee remix EP that he released on his own indie label back in 97 when the legendary Detroit producer was still attempting to make a name for himself and delivering flavourful reworkings of tracks by Masta Ace, De La Soul, Artifacts and more – click here to let House Shoes tell the story and then enjoy his latest generous ‘Gift’.

New Joint – Action Figures / T3

Action Figures ft. T3 – “Jumanji” (@RealTeamAF / 2013)

Produced by Detroit’s Young RJ.

New Joint – Slum Village

Slum Village – “Forever” (@SlumVillage / 2013)

Young RJ-produced track from the Detroit crew’s forthcoming album “Evolution”.

New Joint – Slum Village / Guilty Simpson

Slum Village – “Decadence” / “How It Feel” ft. Guilty Simpson (@SlumVillage / 2013)

Split visuals for two Young RJ-produced tracks from the forthcoming “Dirty Slums 2” project.

Dirty Slums 2 Mixtape Trailer – Slum Village

Trailer for the Detroit crew’s forthcoming Mick Boogie-hosted “Dirty Slums 2” featuring Guilty Simpson, Skyzoo, Joe Scudda and more.

The View From The Other Side: J Dilla Documentary Trailer – Shortee Blitz / Mr. Thing / DJ Sarah Love

Trailer for the forthcoming Shernay LaTouche-directed documentary “The View From The Other Side: J Dilla A European Remembrance” which was filmed over two-and-a-half years in London, Paris, Lausanne and Berlin.

New Joint – Elzhi

Elzhi – “Blue Widow” (@Elzhi / 2012)

Classy visuals for this recently leaked track from the Detroit-based lyrical mastermind.

New Joint – Union / Elzhi

Union ft. Elzhi – “Wings” (Fat Beats / 2012)

Intergalactic synth-heavy Hip-Hop funk from the French production duo’s album “Analogtronics”.

New Joint – Slum Village

Slum Village – “Reppin'” (@SlumVillage / 2012)

Young RJ-produced track from the ever-evolving Detroit crew’s recent project “The Dirty Slums”.

New Joint – Slum Village / Focus… / Vice

Slum Village ft. Focus… & Vice – “God Sent” / “Hunger” (MickBoogie.Com / 2012)

Young RJ-produced music from the ever-evolving Detroit crew’s Mick Boogie-hosted mixtape “The Dirty Slums”.

New Joint – Bunty Beats / Exile / Slum Village

Exile ft. Slum Village – “Time Has Come – Bunty Beats Remix” (BuntyBeats.Com / 2012)

The UK producer flips a well-known timeless break for this new unofficial remix of one of the standout track’s from Exile’s 2006 album “Dirty Science”

Detroit State Of Mind – Elzhi

Quality footage of Elzhi’s recent performance in Oakland, California plus an after-show interview discussing the Motor City emcee’s love of early-90s Hip-Hop.